ROUND 2 MAY 9
NANGILOC v MERINGUR @ NANGILOC
WERRIMULL v BAMBILL @ LAKE CULLULLERAINE (2)
CARDROSS v GOL GOL @ CARDROSS
Millewa Football League
Millewa Mega Day
Round 4 - May 23rd at Gol Gol
In what the league believes is a AFL Vic Country first, the entire round of MFL matches will be played at Gol Gol this Saturday.
With no SFNL football in the region due to the AFL Vic Country Championship Interleague break, what better way to enjoy your Saturday than to head over to Gol Gol and watch every Millewa football and senior netball side in action.
Football Match Times
Cardross v Nangiloc 10:00am
Meringur v Werrimull 12:15pm
Gol Gol v Bambill 2:30pm
Netball Match Times
9am: Juniors - Gol Gol v Bambil
Juniors - Meringur v Werrimull
10am: Juniors - Cardross v Nangiloc
A Res - Gol Gol v Bambill
11am: A Res - Meringur v Werrimull
A Res - Cardross v Nangiloc
12pm: A Grade - Gol Gol v Bambill
A Grade - Meringur v Werrimull
1pm: A Grade - Cardross v Nangiloc
B Grade - Gol Gol v Bambill
2pm: B Grade - Meringur v Werrimull
B Grade - Cardross v Nangiloc
3pm: C Grade - Gol Gol v Bambill
C Grade - Meringur v Werrimull
4pm: C Grade - Cardross v Nangiloc
Mega Day Football Preview
The first ever Millewa Mega Day will see a Nangiloc side keen to continue its good run of form when it takes on Cardross in the days opening encounter at 10:00am at Alcheringa Oval, Gol Gol.
It’s the second week running the Dees will have played at Gol Gol after last week disposing of a depleted Gol Gol side in a clinical second half display. A fast start, which they will be hoping for again is the key for this side who enjoy the role of front runners. The powerful forward line will be slightly weakened by the absence of Sonny Lindsay and Kurt Freer, but the form of Lachie Dowdy of recent weeks will stand the Dees in good stead. Luke Stone played his best game of the year last year, while Damian Ditchburn is proving handy at either end of the ground. Key defender Ben Mansell has been quiet so far this year, but with Lachlan Rhode stepping up the Dee’s defence is starting to look more sturdy.
Cardross on the other hand were blown away early last week against Werrimull. Despite fighting out the middle part of the contest the Lions were outclassed. Their cause this weekend wont be made any easier with the absence of key trio Michael Hooker, Nathan Lawson and Mark Lawson. The burden will rest heavily on Andrew Ferguson, Evan Pitt and Michael Laird to shoulder the load. Coach Mark East has welcomed the return of Tom Wallace to his midfield, but he will need many more contributions from his mates in Blue, Red and Gold.
Prediction: The Nangiloc midfeld group should provide their powerful forwards with regular opportunities. If Cardross can turn it into a scrappy affair they stand a chance, but this seems unlikely. Nangiloc by 65 points.
Just after the clock strikes noon Meringur will look to bounce back after a couple of disappointing weekends when they take on Werrimull away from Lake Cullulleraine for the first time in many years.
Meringur were pitiful in the first half last week and should have been behind by a lot more than they were at half time save for Bambill’s poor kicking last week. They fought out the third quarter well and it is this effort that is required for four quarters this week. Young ruckman Jack Rentsch will be better for the run under this belt last week and his duel with Werrimull big man Aaron Milner will be a highlight. The loss of Dan Smith after his good return last week will hurt the Roos, who will be looking to win the ball through the efforts of Jayden Harmer, Rustin Davitt and the return of Mick Puleio to the midfield. Toby Quirk-Meek s has been a welcome addition to the defence, but his great form has been offset by the Roos poor defensive pressure through the middle of the ground and also by poor decision making.
Werrimull got their first win on the board last week which will relieve coach Shannon Anthony. His week only gets better with the news that former coach and classy veteran defender Danny Thornton returns to the side. In their clashes against the Roos last year, “DT” controlled the half back line and the middle of the ground with ease. Scottie Clark and Mark Thomson have bought youthful talent and class to the Magpie side this year and, along with the efforts of Colby Loxton and new recruit Nick Christos, could make or break the afternoon. The absence of in form pair Jamie Keenan and Quinton Beavan could be a leveller though for the Magpies.
Prediction: Meringur were just plainly pasted against Werrimull when they met last year. However both teams are markedly different to the 2014 versions. The Roos however need to show more consistency before trusting them, and the experience heads still in the Werrimull side should see them over the line. Magpies by 23 points.
A Gol Gol side that has regained no less than 7 key players takes on the rampaging machine that is Bambill in the final match at 2:30pm. The big ins of Jack McLean, Jake Freckleton, veteran Shaun McInerney and livewire forward Jonah Wright will add strength to a Hawks outfit that has been decimated by injury early in the season. Coach Sam Curran will hope that the inclusion of Wright will give his side the focal point that it lacked last week. Ruckman Daniel MacLeod has been in fine form but will have his work cut out against the quality Bambill ruck division lead by coach Darren Atkinson.
Atkinson controlled the middle last week and gave his midfield fleet of Brant Reid, Nathan Jenkins and Jake Garraway the first use of the ball. Atkinson has arguably the best forward in the competition in Luke Stanbrook at his disposal, and may have pulled off the biggest recruiting coup in the history of football in the area if former Red Cliffs coach Troy Moncur lines up for the Saints. A clearance for Moncur was lodged late Thursday and in a forward line that already boasts Stanbrook, Andy Davis and Shea Bateman, not to mention a resting Ryan McClelland, they could tear this game completely apart.
Prediction: If, and it’s a big if, Moncur fronts up it makes a tough task for the Hawks even tougher. The Bambill defence isn’t as strong as it was last year, but it still should be able to handle this Hawk outfit. Bambill by 50 points.
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